The History of LEA

  • The History of LEA

  • Founded in 1996 with a single piston engine aircraft, London Executive Aviation has rapidly grown to become one of Europe’s largest executive air charter operators.
    Its diverse fleet of predominantly jet aircraft includes many of the most desirable and efficient airplanes in service today, ideally suited to the requirements of business or leisure.
    LEA has long been at the forefront of UK business aviation. LEA were the first executive air charter firm to obtain European Joint Aviation Authority certification and also the first operator in Europe to introduce the entry-level Citation Mustang into charter service.

    LEA is now trading as Luxaviation United Kingdom.

  • 1996

    • Founded by Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, George Galanopoulos and Amanda Galanopoulos with a single piston engine aircraft based at Stapleford Airport, United Kingdom
  • 1996

    • First executive air charter firm to obtain European Joint Aviation Authority Air Operators Certificate
  • 2001

    • 1st UK operator of the Citation Excel
  • 2005

    • First Legacy 600 joins the LEA fleet. Today the fleet stands at 8 Legacy 600/650s, the largest non-fractional operator in the world.
  • 2006

    • First time LEA wins Best General Aviation Operator at the Baltic Air Charter Associations Excellence Awards. (LEA continued to win this award in subsequent years: 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015)
  • 2007

    • First Operator in Europe to introduce the entry-level Citation Mustang into charter service
  • 2014

    • Luxaviation acquires majority share of London Executive Aviation
  • 2016

    • London Executive Aviation becomes Luxaviation United Kingdom